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#1

90

Magic Chef MCM1611

31 Reviews
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£90.64

Freestanding
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1,100W
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45.3L
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£520
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
A positively reviewed and new freestanding microwave, with ok running costs and a giant 45.3L interior capacity. It's [an excellent] size, very easy to use and good-looking.
£5 Voucher
#2

89

Samsung MC28H5013A

251 Reviews
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£129.00

Freestanding
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1,400W
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28L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
The best scoring microwave under £500, with a very good spec and excellent user reviews. This microwave has very good features and it's very easy to use, and well designed.
#3

89

Daewoo KOC‑9C0T

7 Reviews
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£79.99

Freestanding
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900W
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28L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Nov 2017
The highest scoring combination microwave on the market, with a great spec and low running costs. This microwave is easy to use.
#4

89

Samsung MC32K7055C

23 Reviews
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£223.66

Freestanding
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900W
Info
32L
Info
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£420
Over 10 years
Aug 2018
A recently released and top-rated freestanding microwave, with average running costs and a fair price. This microwave is really easy to use, well made and thin.
#5

88

Russell Hobbs RHM2574

6 Reviews
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£89.95

Freestanding
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900W
Info
25L
Info
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£420
Over 10 years
Feb 2017
A best selling and remarkably cheap freestanding microwave, with superb user reviews and a great spec.
Voucher
#6

88

Panasonic NN‑CT56

28 Reviews
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£189.00

Freestanding
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1,000W
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27L
Info
Info
£470
Over 10 years
Apr 2018
A top-rated and very cheap freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and a very good spec. This microwave has excellent features and it's very easy to use, and well designed.
#7

88

Daewoo KOR9G

78 Reviews
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£60.00

Freestanding
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900W
Info
26L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jun 2015
An affordable and very popular freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and a very good spec. This microwave is really easy to use, good-looking and [an excellent] size.
Voucher
#8

88

Kenwood K30GSS13

149 Reviews
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£84.97

Integrated
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900W
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30L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
This microwave has superb features and it's very easy to use, and well designed. It's a classic and affordable integrated microwave, with average running costs and a great spec.
Voucher
#9

88

Kenwood K25MSS11

326 Reviews
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£79.98

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
This microwave has brilliant features and it's very easy to use, and well designed. It's an amazingly good value for money and classic freestanding microwave, with average running costs and a great spec.
#10

88

Samsung MC28H5135CK

26 Reviews
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£199.00

Freestanding
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900W
Info
28L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Aug 2018
This microwave has good features, it's very easy to use but it has bad technical guidance. It's a positively reviewed and recently released freestanding microwave, with ok running costs and a very good price.
#11

88

Russell Hobbs RHM3002

463 Reviews
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£127.97

Freestanding
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900W
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30L
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Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A top-value and classic freestanding microwave, with ok running costs and a very good spec. It's really easy to use and well designed, and not noisy.
Voucher
#12

88

Kenwood K25MB14

317 Reviews
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£74.98

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A low cost and classic freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and a very good spec. This microwave has outstanding features and it's very easy to use, and well designed.
£5 Voucher
#13

88

Samsung MG23K3575

11 Reviews
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£89.00

Freestanding
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800W
Info
23L
Info
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£370
Over 10 years
Aug 2018
A top-value and recently released freestanding microwave, with excellent user reviews and very low running costs. It's good-looking.
#14

88

Samsung MS28J5255

138 Reviews
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£129.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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28L
Info
Info
£470
Over 10 years
Apr 2016
This microwave has outstanding features and it's very easy to use, and well designed. It's a very cheap and positively reviewed freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and a great spec.
Voucher
#15

88

Samsung MS23F301

126 Reviews
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£64.99

Freestanding
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800W
Info
23L
Info
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£370
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
This microwave has brilliant features and it's very easy to use, and well designed. It's a staggeringly good value for money and best selling freestanding microwave, with a good spec and marvellous user reviews.
Voucher
#16

88

Samsung MS28J5215A

273 Reviews
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£99.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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28L
Info
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£470
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A great value for money and classic freestanding microwave, with ok running costs and a very good spec. It has superb features and it's very easy to use, and well designed.
Voucher
#17

88

Kenwood K25MW14

218 Reviews
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£65.00

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
An affordable and classic freestanding microwave, with average running costs and a great spec. It has very good features and it's very easy to use, and well designed.
Voucher
#18

87

Kenwood K30CSS14

247 Reviews
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£115.00

Freestanding
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900W
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30L
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£420
Over 10 years
Dec 2014
A stunningly good value for money and classic freestanding microwave, with low running costs and a very good spec. This microwave has excellent features and it's very easy to use, and well designed.
#19

87

Sharp R860

5 Reviews
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£109.95

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Nov 2016
A low cost and positively reviewed freestanding microwave, with average running costs and a very good spec. This microwave has brilliant features and it's really easy to use.
£10 Voucher
#20

87

Hotpoint MP 676 IX H

3 Reviews
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£363.97

Integrated
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2,800W
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40L
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£1,300
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A top-quality and top-value integrated microwave.

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What Are The Best Microwave Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every microwave and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated microwave brand is Russell Hobbs with an average rating of 84%. Compare all award winning microwaves.

Rank Brand Number of Microwaves Price Range Average Rating
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 39 £30 - £220
84%
3,119 reviews
#2
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Samsung Microwaves 71 £55 - £749
79%
1,577 reviews
#3
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Sharp Microwaves 56 £45 - £485
67%
395 reviews
#4
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Panasonic Microwaves 67 £69 - £411
65%
246 reviews
#5
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Hotpoint Microwaves 54 £50 - £358
59%
183 reviews
#6
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Daewoo Microwaves 47 £45 - £132
58%
153 reviews
#7
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Whirlpool Microwaves 70 £195 - £1,099
54%
76 reviews
#8
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Neff Microwaves 31 £200 - £1,082
47%
48 reviews
#9
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Bosch Microwaves 55 £79 - £1,342
46%
46 reviews
#10
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Siemens Microwaves 25 £190 - £1,322
41%
21 reviews
#11
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LG Microwaves 31 £125 - £180
6%
3 reviews
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Severin Microwaves 21 £51 - £291
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Smeg Microwaves 21 £240 - £819

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is a steam function?
AThis is a way of cooking foods using bursts of hot steam rather than direct heat or microwaves. It's a more delicate form of cooking, best suited to vegetables, dumplings and even pasta.
QWhat is combination cooking on a microwave?
AThis involves using both the microwave and oven or grill functions of the appliance simultaneously - frequently the microwaves are used to cook the food quickly, while the grill crisps and browns the top.
QWhat is a rotisserie?
AA rotisserie spit is a special rotating skewer available as an add-on for some premium microwaves. It allows you to spit-roast chicken and meat in the microwave - meaning the appliance can be used to cook many more dishes.

Microwave Buying Guide

A microwave is a necessity of any modern kitchen. It is a versatile tool that can be used for far more than just reheating leftovers - it can be used for all manner of cooking, from poaching salmon to baking potatoes.

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Capacity

Microwaves come in all different shores and sizes, and are primarily differentiated by their capacity, measured in litres (L). The bigger the capacity of your microwave, the larger the food you can cook in it. Some microwaves just fit single plates or bowls, while other models are large enough to fit an entire chicken or soup pot in.

Oven & Grill Functions

Some microwaves have the ability to function as ovens and grills in addition to standard microwave cooking. Microwaves that have an added grill function combine the normal microwave cooking with a heated element either on the top or the sides of the machine - this allows it to function similar to a standard grill. Microwave ovens, on the other hand, can cook and roast food exactly like a convection oven. Whichever model you pick, these types of microwaves greatly increase the types of food you can cook, and turn your microwave into the central cooking tool in your kitchen - you can roast fish and beef, roast vegetables and grill cheese toasties!

More advanced models of microwave may also have a steamer function. As the name suggests, a steamer addition to the microwave uses boiling water to generate bursts of hot steam inside the microwave. This is a great method of delicately cooking vegetables so they retain the maximum amount of nutrients, and can also be used for cooking fish, dumplings, or Chinese-style pancakes for roast duck. While normally only found in the most high-level and expensive microwaves, it allows the appliance to become even more versatile as a cooking tool, and therefore may well be worth the extra expense.

Power Levels/Cooking Programs

Microwaves are all given a power level, rated in Watts. The higher the power level, the faster your food will be cooked. Most modern microwaves come with a range of power levels, allowing you great flexibility when preparing your food. They also come with specific setting for warming, reheating or defrosting food - extremely useful in speeding up cooking times, or reheating food previously cooked. Defrosting is an especially useful setting, meaning that joints of meat and frozen food can be brought up to room temperature in a matter of minutes.

Many microwaves now have a selection of automatic cooking functions as well. These allow you to input a type of food to cook (potatoes, chicken, soups, etc) and a weight, and the microwave will automatically calculate the power level and time needed to cook it perfectly. Conveniences like this can make preparing dinner hassle-free, and remove the guesswork and constant checking to see if your food is ready.

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This automatic cooking function can also extend to defrosting and reheating leftovers, making the microwave an invaluable tool for easy food heating and prep. Some advanced models of microwave also offer a 'power defrost' setting, which can defrost frozen meat far quickly than usual defrost programs. However because this defrost cycle is far more powerful, care has to be given to make sure that you don't accidentally part cook the food while it's being defrosted.

Extra Features

Finally, some microwaves comes with a collection of extra features, to make cooking easier or more convenient. These can include recipe books detailing how to cook different types of food, baking trays designed to fit comfortably into the machine, or racks to allow multiple dishes to be cooked at once. Some microwave ovens even include a rotisserie spit, allowing you to cook spit-roasted chicken or pork.

Microwave Retailers, Prices and Features

Microwave Prices

Microwaves range in price from £29 to £2,659 and in total we found prices for 582 microwaves. The average price of a new microwave is £239 and 80% of microwaves are priced between £65 and £499. The Miele DGM6500 is the most expensive microwave that we found at £2,659, and the Russell Hobbs RHM2076 is the cheapest at only £30.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

The highest average microwave price out of all brands is Miele microwaves with an average price of £1,030. Miele microwaves start at £497 and their most expensive microwave costs £2,659.

KitchenAid microwaves range in price from £449 to £1,250, and the average price of KitchenAid microwaves is £900 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands.

Fisher & Paykel microwaves range in price from £800 to £800, and the third highest average microwave price out of all brands is Fisher & Paykel microwaves with an average price of £800.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 24 expert reviews and 9,840 user reviews for microwaves and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of microwave. Russell Hobbs is the top rated microwave brand with an average rating of 84%. Samsung is the second best brand with 79% and Sharp is the third best brand with 67%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

We found 524 current offers for microwaves from eBay making it the biggest microwave retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, Currys for whom we found 197 current offers for microwaves. The third biggest retailer is AO with 195 current microwave offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

March to April is the most common period for new microwaves to be released in. If you want the latest microwave features you may be best waiting until March 2019. Also the price of the current microwaves may drop off just before the latest models are released in March. In March 2018, 33 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. In 2017 most new microwaves were released in April, with 68 new microwaves released that month. October was the biggest month in 2016 for new microwaves, with 124 new microwaves released that month.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

On average microwaves drop in price by 2% in the first 6 months after release. On a typical new microwave costing £239, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £5.

Case Designs

The case design of the microwave shows whether it is meant to be free standing, or designed to be built into fixtures unobtrusively.

We found 649 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves, which makes this the most popular case design amongst new microwaves. We found 363 microwaves that are integrated microwaves, making this the second most frequently found case design amongst new microwaves.

Microwave Powers

'Microwave Power' denotes how strong the cooking power of the microwave is, measured in watts (W).

Across the range of microwaves, the microwave powers range from 500W to 3,600W. The microwave powers of most microwaves range from 900W to 950W. The Siemens CM656GBS6B, which is on sale for £899.00, has the biggest microwave power and is a 3,600W microwave. The microwave with the smallest microwave power is the Daewoo QT3R, which is a 600W microwave and currently retails for £49.97.

A higher power level that food cooked in the microwave will cook quicker and more efficiently.

Interior Capacities

'Interior Capacity' is how much the microwave can hold, measured in litres (L).

The interior capacities of microwaves range from 1.5L to 62L. The interior capacities of most microwaves range from 22L to 26L. The Zanussi ZKK47902XK, which sells for £349.99, has the biggest interior capacity and is a 51L capacity microwave. The microwave with the smallest interior capacity is the Hotpoint MWH1311B, which is a 13L capacity microwave and currently retails for £87.00.

A bigger capacity means that the microwave is capable of holding - and therefore cooking - more food at once.

Available Colours

We found 400 microwaves that are microwaves that have a stainless steel coloured, which makes this the most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves. The second most common colour amongst new microwaves is black. We found 400 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Microwaves?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying microwaves. For each retailer it shows the total number of microwaves where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying microwaves. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 329 of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Microwaves for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for microwaves by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of microwave prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's microwave prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 62.8% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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